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Black Friday: Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

2 days left to this year Black Friday! Here are the most popular retailers discounts predictions – according to Martin Lewis :

ASOS- 20% off
Disney 20% off (online)
French Connection up to 50% off
GAP – 40-50% off
House of Fraisers – up to 40%
H&M- 20% off
Johnsons Dry Cleaners – 50% off (black items last year…)
Le Redroutte – 40% off
Laura Ashley – 37.5% off
M&S – 30-50% off
Urban Outfitters – up to 50% off

There are some incredible deals to be had and savings to be made this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can stock up for the new year and save yourself bags of cash – or so the retailers tell us.

But are the discounts all they’re cracked up to be? How much money can you really save on luxuries and life’s necessities?

I want to find out, and so does a partner of mine, Ingenico ePayments – the people who power the digital payments process and make our online shopping sprees possible. 

My Black Friday Experiment

I will be comparing online prices across 20 products at five separate retailers on Black Friday, to get a snapshot overview of how significant Black Friday discounts really are or more importantly if the observed items are discounted compared to their RRP.

That’s why this year I’m setting out to buy everything I think I will possibly need for 2018 (barring food, of course, that perishes). This Black Friday, I’ll be on the hunt for the best deals on a range of things, including:

  • Electric toothbrushes and hairdryers
  • Vacuum cleaners and household appliances
  • Gadgets and tech
  • Fitness and smartwear
  • Holidays and travel
  • Furniture
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Broadband and other utilities
  • Nutraceuticals and health supplements

I’ll be live-tweeting my efforts throughout Black Friday to keep you all up to speed with how I’m getting on.

To see how much money I actually manage to save on the day, I’ll also be revisiting my complete shopping list in mid-December to compare prices post Black Friday’s sales. I actually have a feeling that January deals will be much greater than those announced on Black Friday. I think the difference between Black Friday and January sales lies in the stock availability prior and post Christmas. Lets see – I may actually do yet another check in January to see if the above hypothesis is true.

Let’s start the big deals comparison journey –>wish me luck, people!

About admin

I am not Martin Lewis but Martyna aka Money Saving Girl. When I first came to the UK I was on a super tight budget, so I know how hard it is not to have money or how to get creative to get 'more for less'. I share with you my money saving tips about anything which worked for me. Be it free samples, shopping tricks, iTunes, various discount apps, websites and reward programs. Occasionally I write about traveling or insurance.

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